Craving more thrilling survival series with death games like Squid Game? Netflix is planning to deliver more of that with the second season of Alice in Borderland, the intense Japanese TV show based on the manga series of the same title by Haro Aso.
Directed by Shinsuke Sato and written by Yasuko Kuramitsu, Alice in Borderland first premiered on Netflix on December 10, 2020, and it didn't take long for Netflix to renew one of its popular original Japanese series.
Just a couple of weeks after Alice in Borderland was released globally, Netflix renewed the suspense-thriller drama on Christmas Eve, and the announcement was shared from Netflix's various social accounts. Now, fans are wondering when they will get to see Ryōhei Arisu, Yuzuha Usagi, and the remaining players try to survive dangerous games again.
Here's everything you need to know about Alice in Borderland Season 2, including the official release date, trailers, plot details, cast, and more. Note that we will update this article with more information as they become available so feel free to bookmark this page if you want to get the latest updates.
Table of Contents
- Alice in Borderland Season 2 Trailer: Is there already a trailer for the new episodes?
- Alice in Borderland Season 2 Release Date: When will the new episodes be available on Netflix?
- Alice in Borderland Season 2 Plot: What can we expect in the new episodes?
- Alice in Borderland Season 2 Cast and Crew: Who will return and who are the newcomers?
- Who are the creative minds behind Alice in Borderland Season 2?
Alice in Borderland Season 2 Trailer: Is there already a trailer for the new episodes?
The production for Alice in Borderland Season 2 was expected to wrap in December 2021, so Netflix hasn't released an official trailer for the show at the time of this article's publication, but the streamer shared a teaser when they confirmed the new season two weeks after the first one premiered.
On November 10, 2021, Netflix released the "New Live-Action Japanese Lineup" video which previews various projects coming for the platform in the near future, and one of them includes a teaser for Alice in Borderland Season 2.
In late September 2022, Netflix released a full trailer for Alice in Borderland Season 2 during the Tudum 2022 virtual event.
On June 6, Netflix's Geeked Week 2022 virtual event revealed the first images from Alice in Borderland Season 2:
Alice in Borderland Season 2 Release Date: When will the new episodes be available on Netflix?
Fans fans speculated on a 2021 release date after spotting easter eggs shown in the final moments of Season 1. As the blimps flew overhead, there were multiple buildings buildings with ads for 2021, but it's unlikely that the series will return in 2021, following restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We doubled-checked the schedule of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in October 2022, and as expected, Alice in Borderland Season 2 is not included.
The virtual Festival Japan 2021 event confirmed that Alice in Borderland Season 2 is coming in December 2022, just about two years after the release of Season 1. Netflix has already revealed that Season 2 will be released on December 22, 2022.
They noted that they will be shooting in the following locations: "Kanto area, Toyama, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Aichi, Osaka, Wakayama, etc."
On March 29, Alice in Borderland Season 2 finished filming. Netflix released a video featuring the cast talking about their experience of being part of the show.
Here are more screenshots from Alice in Borderland Season 2:
Alice in Borderland Season 2 Plot: What can we expect in the new episodes?
Alice in Borderland Season 1 covered roughly 31 chapters of Haro Aso's manga series, leaving another 33 chapters left to be covered.
The official synopsis of Season 1 reads: "Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who's navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live."
Throughout the first season, Arisu has faced a lot of traumatizing moments in Borderland, where he participated in deadly games with the two friends he initially arrived with, Chota and Korube, who sacrificed themselves to ensure Arisu had the best chance to progress and survive
The climax of the first season happened during the Ten of Hearts game, where the residents of the beach had to correctly identify the "Witch" among them. After various infighting, many participants died in the chaos of the game, but Arisu was able to correctly figure out that the "Witch" is Momoka.
The competitors placed the witch's body on a bonfire to complete the game. Arisu and Usagi learned that Momoka and Asahi are Borderland's dealers, not competitors of the games. Their role was to sabotage games in exchange for visas. Using Momoka's phone as evidence, Arisu and Usagi were able to locate the underground control room, but who they believed to be as the gamemasters had been killed.
In the final scenes of Season 1, a woman known as Mira shows up on the screens and announces that the games have just begun while inviting players to compete in the next series of games. When they returned to the surface, competitors saw blimps flying across the city of Tokyo.
Arisu and Usagi still have a lot to accomplish before they can escape the dangerous world of Borderland. They will have to continue playing the games if they want to solve the mystery surrounding Borderland and the gamemasters who control it.
Warning: Spoilers from the manga series ahead.
In the manga series, Mira is the Queen of Hearts, who was a psychiatrist in the real world. Expect her to be a major character in Alice in Borderland Season 2. The production studio behind the series hasn't revealed how much of the manga series they will adapt, but it's likely that they will bring the games featured in the original source material to the Netflix series.
There should be enough material for eight new episodes, but it's unclear if there will be a third season to conclude adapt the entire manga series.
Manga readers are hoping to see the Queen of Hearts game, a.k.a. Croquet, in Alice in Borderland Season 2. The game doesn't have a player or time limit, and it's the last game to be completed at the Borderlands.
Will Arisu, Usagi and their companions finally be able to shed the light on the mysteries of Borderland?
Alice in Borderland Season 2 Cast and Crew: Who will return and who are the newcomers?
Kento Yamazaki and Tao Tsuchiya are expected to return as Ryōhei Arisu and Yuzuha Usagi. Other cast members expected to return are Nijirō Murakami as Shuntarō Chishiya; Aya Asahina as Hikari Kuina; Shao Aoyagi as Aguni Morizono; and Riisa Naka as Mira Kano, the Queen of Hearts. Netflix hasn't announced any new cast members joining Season 2 yet, but we will update you here on Epicstream once we find out.
Other characters who died in Season 1 may return in the form of flashbacks or even surprising twists. If that actually happens, expect any of these characters to return in Season 2: Keita Machida (Daikichi Karube), Yuki Morinaga (Chota Segawa), Nobuaki Kaneko (Takeru Danma/Hatter), Kina Yazaki (Momoka Inoue), Shuntarō Yanagi (Takatora Samura/Last Boss), and Mizuki Yoshida (Asahi Kujō).
6 new cast members are expected to join Alice in Borderland Season 2, as Netflix Japan announced on Twitter:
Who are the creative minds behind Alice in Borderland Season 2?
Alice in Borderland Season 1 was directed by Shinsuke Sato and written by Sato, Yasuko Karamitsu and Yoshiki Watabe. There has been no information on whether the trio will return to work on Season 2, but it's hard to see Netflix wanting to part ways with the creatives who helped make the first season a success.
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